States Works hits back at lack of maintenance claim
STATES Works has hit back at one man’s claims that parts of the island were not looking good due to lack of maintenance.
Martyn Langlois put some of the blame on the fact that States Works is short-staffed.
‘You only have to drive around the island to see the places where the States are neglecting maintenance,’ he said.
‘For example the airport forecourt floral planters – it’s unbelievable that the boxes are not planted up, they should have a spectacular display, saying welcome to our Floral Island.
‘There’s also the Vallette, which is a disgrace, Fort Road covered in fields of weeds not wild flowers and Salerie Corner, which is also badly maintained.’
He added: ‘States Works say they made a profit of £700,000 last year, it’s understandable when they are not spending that money on maintaining our island as it should be.
‘I believe that they are short-staffed hence the poor performance.
' If so then the work should go out to private contractors, then we would get value for money.’
States Works said in response that staffing resources are based upon contractual obligations.
Additional temporary grounds staff are brought in each year for the summer season to assist with the general increase in work load during peak time.
Senior operations manager Mark Torode said they are not involved in the planting of the airport flower boxes.
As a contractor for the States, they operated as per agreement and instruction with their numerous clients to fulfil their contractual obligations regarding the other areas laid out by Mr Langlois.
‘The works at Fort Road are carried out on behalf of our client and carried out as per their instruction, the majority of which is the mowing of the grassed areas only,’ he said.
‘Salerie Corner flower beds are again maintained on behalf of our client and carried out as per instruction, the hospital grounds are maintained on behalf of our client and regularly maintained as per our contractual obligations, as is the grassed areas at La Vallette, which is mown as per schedule agreed with our client.’
Guernsey Ports general manager Colin Le Ray said that the empty airport planters had been noted.
He would be contacting those involved in keeping them maintained.
‘We have a lot of work going on round the airport at the moment,’ he said.
‘There is some scaffolding round the site and this is due to us finding evidence of rust staining on the cladding on the underside of the roof.
‘It’s minor work really, but we have lifted the roof in order to fix the problem.
‘There’s also the glass panels in the walkway to the planes that have failed and we have had to replace them.
'So we want people to know that, though it might not look great at the moment, it is in their best interests, we don’t want to risk anyone being injured.’